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ADVISORY: How the U.S. Military is Responding to Sea Level Rise

WASHINGTON, DC–The White House and U.S. Military have continued to raise alarms about the serious and direct risks of climate change-related impacts to local communities and military installations.

On Wednesday, October 19, at 9:30 a.m. EDT, World Resources Institute and Old Dominion University will host a media event, Sea Level Rise: An Intergovernmental Blueprint for Community Resiliency, featuring White House and military leaders, including David Adams, Director for Health Security and Climate Resilience Policy for the White House National Security Council, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn, among others.

Speakers will discuss the importance of addressing climate change and outline concrete examples of how sea level rise and other climate impacts are threatening our military operations and coastal communities. The panel will also discuss key findings and recommendations from a first-of-its-kind pilot project launched by the White House in Hampton Roads, VA, bringing together the Department of Defense and US Navy to build resilience to sea level rise and other threats of climate change in the backyard of the world’s largest Naval Base.

WHAT

Event with White House and military leaders on the risks of sea level rise to local communities and military infrastructure.

WHEN

Wednesday, October 19, at 9:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE

WRI, 10 G Street NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20015

WHO

  • David Adams, Director for Health Security and Climate Resilience Policy, National Security Council Staff, Executive Office of the President
  • Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment), United States Navy
  • Rear Admiral Jonathan White (USN, ret.), Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy
  • Capt. Ray Toll (USN, ret.), ‎Director of Coastal Resilience Research, Old Dominion University
  • Sam Adams, ‎Director, WRI United States
  • Christina Deconcini, Director of Government Affairs, World Resources Institute – (moderator)

RSVP to Andrew Pickens, WRI, andrew.pickens@wri.org

Conference line available for anyone who cannot attend in person. Contact Andrew Pickens for details.

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